Welcome to the launch of Dragon Door’s official blog for Progressive Calisthenics!

by John Du Cane, CEO and founder, Dragon Door on January 17, 2013

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What are the two most remarkable events in the history of Dragon Door?

The first event was Dragon Door’s launch of the modern kettlebell movement and in particular the world’s first-ever kettlebell instructor certification program, the RKC in 2001. The impact worldwide has been astonishing and a joy to behold.

However, another event occurred in 2009 that may prove to have an equivalent impact on world fitness to Dragon Door’s championing of the kettlebell.

And that would be the launch of Paul Wade’s Convict Conditioning bodyweight exercise program. Convict Conditioning stormed to #1 bestseller status and has become Dragon Door’s most successful title of all time.


Why has Convict Conditioning become THE Bible for serious bodyweight exercise practitioners?

More than anything, it is because of Paul Wade’s brilliant system of progressions, based around six core exercises for supreme survival strength: pushups, pullups, squats, hanging leg raises, bridges and handstand pushups. With Paul’s progressions, you can begin with minimal ability and realistically, safely stack strength on strength—until you are as functionally strong as you could ever want to be. And then some…

The fitness world took notice—and history is being made as we speak.

Now, Dragon Door and Paul Wade are presenting an opportunity for trainers and bodyweight exercise enthusiasts worldwide to plunge deeper into the Convict Conditioning programs, with the Progressive Calisthenics Certification Workshop—to both master the progressions personally and be qualified to teach them to others.

If there is a white-hot trend in fitness right now, it’s bodyweight strength training. Athletes of all kinds are looking to the toughest, most brutally productive calisthenics techniques to spice up their workouts. We’re talking one-arm push-ups, pistols, pull-ups, handstands and hanging levers…

Sadly, there has been no international industry standard for bodyweight strength training instruction. Until now, with Dragon Door’s Progressive Calisthenics Certification Workshop.

To ensure that the bodyweight exercise community worldwide has a go-to educational resource to support their interest, Dragon Door is establishing the Progressive Calisthenics Blog. We intend this to become THE blog for high-level, practical, cutting edge articles and videos on all things bodyweight.

Besides regular contributions from Dragon authors Paul Wade and Al Kavadlo, expect to see some of the top names in bodyweight contribute their expertise.

The sky will be limit and we invite you to join the ride…

All the best in your training,

John Du Cane, CEO of Dragon Door Publications

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  • John – looking forward to learning more from Al, Coach Wade, Max and more.

    CC has been one of the most influential books I have ever read since I began studying fitness in 1989! The new Training Log is awesome!!

    Thank YOU!

  • Thanks Zach! And I loved your video review of the log. I have been using it every day myself and getting great results as a result.

  • Oh and by the way, the spots for the PCC workshop are filling very fast. We are already at over 50% of registration and there is a $1,000.00 discount deadline ending tomorrow.


  • Bo

    Looks great, John. Also, would love to hear more from Zach regarding his training here. I always looked up to him.

  • This is gonna be awesome! I can’t wait to see this blog really take off.

  • Fantastic!

    I absolutely love both CC and CC2. I went from being able to do zero one armed push-ups to 8 (at 55).

    Can wait to see what you put on the blog.

    Best regards,

  • Thanks for this great program!
    I’ve been using it for almost a year now, and my strength has skyrocketed.
    I even teach it to my combatives students, and they have built a passionate love-hate relationship with it 😉

    If there’s any chance the CC Endurance program is published, I’ll be one of the first to buy it. It’s that simple. It’s that good.


  • Looks fantastic John! CC is by far the best body weight book I have ever read. The progressions are on target and the elite level one can attain is outstanding. Im still working on the one arm pull up and one arm handstand push ups!

  • Dale Milam

    John – i have both of Coach Wade’s and Al’s one book as both pdf and on my phone along with the Training Log. all are excellent. i am still reading and trying to put things together. wish i was in better shape so that i could go to the PCC workshop.

  • John, I have a 2 year old worn copy of CC 1 and have been using it personally, along with my 71 year old training partner, and basing my patient rehab protocols on the 6 moves. For the most part I use 4 of them with older patients or those more physically challenged. Thank you and the authors for producing this revolutionary system. I promote this to nearly every patient who wishes to improve their movement potential. What is the training log? Is it something in the book?

  • Never mind! I just saw your earlier email about the training log. Ordering it. If I want to use the logs for patients for specific exercises can I use the individual pages of logs as handouts as copies? If so can they be printed from the ebook version?

  • You are doing an incredible job buddy. Regards from Hotel Charles de Gaulle. Keep together with the great do the job.

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  • wendy Johnson

    I am trying to find a video on 40 bodyweight exercises for women that I thought I saw on this website. Can anyone tell me if I’m in the right place?

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